Audience in sessions Analytics Experience

Featured Presenters

Join global leaders and experts in the field of analytics, as we delve into the power of data insight at Analytics Experience 2018.

Mick Ebeling

Mick Ebeling
Founder and CEO, Not Impossible Labs

A recipient of the Muhammad Ali Humanitarian of the Year Award and listed as one of the most influential creative people by The Creativity 50’s, Mick Ebeling has sparked a movement of pragmatic, inspirational innovation. As a career producer and filmmaker and now founder and CEO of Not Impossible, Ebeling harvests the power of technology and story to change the world.

Ebeling founded Not Impossible, a multiple award-winning social innovation lab and production company, on the premise that nothing is impossible. His mantra of "commit, then figure it out" allows him to convene a disparate team of hackers, doers, makers and thinkers to create devices that better the world by bringing accessibility for all. This unconventional approach brought to life highly acclaimed initiatives – the EyeWriter, Project Daniel, Don’s Voice and most recently Music Not Impossible – that brought the ability to draw back to a paraplegic street artist, 3D-printed arms to Sudanese amputees and "voice" to an ALS patient who hadn’t spoken in 15 years.

Working with a wide array of Fortune 500 companies, Ebeling not only pushes the bar on innovation, he also shares the emotionally resonating story of doing so. These narratives of overcoming seemingly impossible odds have inspired people across the world to do the same.

Named one of Wired’s “Agents of Change,” a two-time SXSW innovation of the year award winner, and recipient of every major creative and advertising award, Ebeling is on a mission to provide “Technology for the Sake of Humanity.” By tapping into a community of passionate and talented engineers, makers, idea generators and storytellers, Ebeling is making the inconceivable, the unbelievable and the impossible Not Impossible.

Robyn Benincasa

Robyn Benincasa
CNN Hero and World Champion Adventure Racer

Robyn Benincasa is the founder of World Class Teams, a world-champion adventure racer, a CNN Hero, founder of the Project Athena Foundation, former corporate sales expert and a full-time firefighter. She’s the author of the New York Times best-seller How Winning Works.

For 20 years, she has been building teams from the jungles of Borneo to the Himalayas while studying the good, the bad and the not-so-pretty in extreme teamwork. Benincasa has mastered the skills required to inspire a group of semiexhausted people through a seemingly endless series of checkpoints, in pursuit of a seemingly impossible goal. It is through some of the world’s most grueling challenges that she gained a truly unique perspective on building world-class teams. Whether you’re trying to beat the competition to market, scale a mountain of a project or get your team marching in the same direction, her 8 Essential Elements of Human Synergy coaches you to success.

Tricia Wang

Dr. Tricia Wang
Global Technology Ethnographer and Co-Founder, Sudden Compass

Tricia Wang believes that real growth lies outside the boundaries of the known and not everything valuable is measurable. Combining the cultural and behavioral sides of technology use, she helps companies discover new customers in markets hidden within their big data. Wang integrates the human element – thick data – that is invisible to quantitative data analysis to reveal how customers really behave.

She is the co-founder of Sudden Compass, a consulting firm that enables companies to achieve growth by scaling and extracting insights from data about their customers. Wang is a co-founder of Magpie Kingdom, a content and strategy company that showcases stories in a weekly newsletter about the Chinese internet. Magpie Kingdom also advises companies on how to understand the Chinese consumer.

PBLS Speaker  - Dr. Jim Goodnight

Jim Goodnight
Co-Founder and CEO, SAS

As the CEO of SAS, the world’s leading business analytics software vendor, Jim Goodnight has led the company since its inception in 1976, overseeing an unbroken chain of revenue growth and profitability unprecedented in the industry. He is recognized globally for being a trailblazer among companies that top great workplace rankings, including being No.1 on several country and multinational lists. Harvard Business School named Goodnight a Great American Business Leader, and he was named one of America’s 25 Most Fascinating Entrepreneurs by Inc. magazine. A champion of education reform, Goodnight sees education as critical to the success of individuals, organizations and nations.

Oliver Schabenberger

Oliver Schabenberger
Executive Vice President, COO and CTO, SAS

As COO and CTO, Oliver Schabenberger sets the technology direction for SAS and executes the company’s strategic direction and business priorities. He oversees multiple divisions within SAS, including R&D, Sales, Marketing, Information Technology and Customer Support, as well as divisions focused on solutions for IoT, financial risk management and cloud. Schabenberger joined the SAS R&D Division in 2002 and was named CTO in 2016. Prior to SAS, he served as Associate Professor of Statistics at Virginia Tech, where he earned his PhD in 1995. He frequently writes on emerging technology for publications such as and holds several patents on software design and algorithms.

Randy Guard

Randy Guard
Executive Vice President and CMO, SAS

Randy Guard is responsible for the SAS brand, providing global, strategic direction and marketing vision for SAS® products and solutions. He oversees several operational business units, including product management, global marketing, sales enablement, communications and creative services. Guard has many years of consulting, marketing and product development experience. He is responsible for the SAS portfolio, which spans analytics, data visualization, data management, business intelligence and industry solutions. Guard’s extensive consulting background, along with a strong grasp of market dynamics, allows him to align marketing initiatives that position SAS at the forefront of new developments such as IoT, cybersecurity and cloud.

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